John C. Longton III
The Vikings put a stamp on their season and beat the Herkimer Generals for the first time since 2013.
This past weekend, the Vikings and Generals were scheduled to play four games, two in Herkimer on Saturday and the other two the following day in Troy. Due to inclement weather, the games from Sunday were postponed so only two games were played.
In the first game the Vikings let the Generals know that they’re a different team from years past and a worthy opponent, winning 6-5. Before the loss Herkimer was on a 20-game win streak and was snapped by Hudson Valley. In that game Connor McDonough went three for three from the plate and also drove in a run.
“I felt like I was seeing the ball very well and I had an aggressive approach,” said McDonough. “I thought we had really good energy and it was a good team win.
The Vikings put the pressure on in game one as Caleb Gregg earned the win coming on in relief and throwing one and a third scoreless innings. That game shifted the scales in Hudson Valley’s favor as they took a game lead in the Generals in the loss column. The second game wasn’t as successful.
The Generals had an answer for the Vikings in the second game as they blanked them 6-0. It wasn’t until the final inning of the game where the Vikings got their first hit off the bat of Zachary DeThomasis. It was a game that Hudson Valley would like to put behind them in order to learn from their mistakes.
The games had to be moved from Sunday because of the rain at a time where both teams were fired up to get a win. As of right now, it looks as if the game will be played this Wednesday at the Joe Bruno Stadium, making it a little tough on the Vikings in their last week of the regular season.
They have a home and an away doubleheader with Jefferson on Tuesday and Thursday. If they squeeze in Herkimer on Wednesday, that would be another day where the Hudson Valley arms wouldn’t get rest, making them play six games in three days and giving them 10 games in a week.
This will be the last week of the regular season before the Vikings get ready for postseason play. The next game is at home on Tuesday as Hudson Valley hosts Jefferson for a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m.